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17 May 2016

A Conversation with Ambassador Keith Harper, US Representative to the UN Human Rights Council

Join UNA-NCA, its Human Rights Committee, and the American Foreign Service Association for a discussion of the UN's human rights program and the issues faced by the US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council. 

Ambassador Keith Harper, US Representative to the UN Human Rights Council, will open the this evening discussion with a short presentation about his work and the life of a US representative to a UN body such as the UN Human Rights Council.  Ambassador Harper will talk about UN human rights activities and relevant US policies, to encourage greater understanding of the realities of the work of the Council and provide insights that cannot be gleaned from formal studies and reports. Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.), President, UNA-NCA, will then converse briefly with Ambassador Harper, and lead a continuation of the conversation with the audience.

When: May 17, 2016; 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: American Foreign Service Assocation; 2101 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                            • Members: $5.00
                            • Non-members: $10.00
                            • Students: Free
                              For free student registrations, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


09 May 2016

Addressing Women’s Health in the District of Columbia

May_9_CEDAW_ForumJoin UNA-NCA and its Supporting Organizations for a public education forum on women’s health in DC. The forum will examine why DC ranks 48th in the country in terms of women’s health and well-being, and consider the District’s high HIV rate – the highest nation-wide. Speakers will also discuss the CEDAW in DC bill that was introduced more than a year ago and sponsored by all members of the DC Council. CEDAW, or the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, represents an international "Bill of Rights for Women," that, though it was signed by President Carter in 1980, has never been ratified by the US Senate. Cities across the country are engaged in implementing the legislation locally through city administrations. In DC, we want a hearing before the Judiciary Committee and a vote this year.

Please tell your Councilmembers that CEDAW in DC matters to you! Learn more about our advocacy campaign here.

When: May 9, 2016; 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Old Council Chamber, first floor, One Judiciary Square; 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


      • Monica Palacio (opening remarks), Director, DC Office of Human Rights
      • Earl Fowlkes, Chairman of the DC Human Rights Commission
      • Dara Koppelman, Chief Nursing Officer at Mary's Center
      • Dr. Laura Meyers, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
      • Karen Mulhauser (moderator), Chair, UNA-USA; Co-Chair, DC for CEDAW Committee, UNA-NCA
Cost: Free


29 April 2016

The UN at the Crossroads: A Discussion of the Decisions and Dilemmas facing the Incoming Secretary General


Guest Speaker: Ambassador Wood (ret.)

A Foreign Service officer for more than 30 years, Ambassador Wood (ret.) served in Latin America and Europe, including Uruguay, Argentina, El Salvador, Columbia and Italy. In Washington, he has been on the policy planning staff for Latin America, a special assistant in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs and an expert in Latin American affairs on the staff of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. He was Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where he was the chief U.S. negotiator in the Security Council, and thereafter served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (1998 to 2002). From 2003 to 2007, Wood was Ambassador to Colombia. He presented his credentials as Ambassador to Afghanistan on April 16, 2007.


16 April 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Spring 2016 Young Professionals' Career Dinners

UNA-NCA invites you to save the date for the spring 2016 installment of its signature Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series!

This semi-annual event brings together young professionals with experts in their chosen fields, to discuss career paths, share personal stories, and network. The evening begins with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, followed by separate topical dinners at UNF and at private homes in the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will answer attendees' questions and offer advice based on experience in the industry.


Saturday, April 16, 2016
Networking Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Topical Dinners: 6:30 - 9:00 pm 


Networking Reception:
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006
Locations for topical dinners will be announced upon registration.

Topics and speakers will be announced upon confirmation.
Registration will open in March 2016.

Check out coverage from Fall 2015! 

16 April 2016

Young Professionals Spring 2016 Career Dinner Series

Join UNA-NCA for its Spring 2016 Career Dinner Series - an evening that could launch your global career!

IMG_2933The International Career Dinner Series is a signature, semi-annual event inviting young professionals to engage with Washington's top professionals in their chosen field. The event begins with a networking reception at the UN Foundation followed by topical dinners held in private homes throughout the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer your questions, and offer advice based on their experiences in the industry.

Networking reception: 5:00 - 6:00pm

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006

Individual dinners: 6:30pm (Note: specific location of each dinner will be provided upon registration)

Cost: Members* - $45; Non-members - $55; Combo ticket (includes UNA-NCA membership and registration) - $65
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!

This year's reception at the United Nations Foundation will feature two keynote speakers:
      • Donya Nasser, US Youth Observer to the United Nations
      • Col. (ret.) Christopher Holshek, Retired Colonel and Former UN Peacekeeper; Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Topical Dinners
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.
Please note: Additional speakers will be announced upon confirmation

Careers in Global Health- SOLD OUT !!
   Confirmed Speakers:

      • A. Edward Elmendorf, Former Foreign Service Officer; World Bank (Ret.)
      • Catharine Howard Taylor, Vice President, Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health
      • Dr. David Peters, Chair, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health


Careers in International Law

   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Robert Craft, Jr., Senior Counsel, Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP
      • Renee Dopplick, Editor, Inside Justice


Careers in Gender Equality 
   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Lyric Thompson, Senior Policy Manager, International Center for Research on Women
      • Dr. Felicia Wilson-Young, Senior Gender Advisor, USAID and Foreign Service Officer


Careers at the United Nations - SOLD OUT !!

   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Nancy Donaldson, Director, Washington Office, International Labour Organization
      • Armando Castro Figueredo, Regional Administration, Finance Officer, UNHCR


Careers in Human Rights - SOLD OUT !!

   Confirmed Speakers:

      • Dr. Wesley Reisser, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, International Organization Affairs Bureau, United States Department of State
      • Jenai Cox,  Senior Program Manager, Freedom House
      • T. Kumar, International Advocacy Director, Amnesty International USA


Careers in Sustainable Development

      • Gilbert Chauny, Co-founder, EOS Capital Advisors
      • Heather Lane Chauny, Foundation and Strategy Advisor, FHI Foundation/FHI 360


Careers in Peace and Security
 - SOLD OUT !!

      • Col. (ret.) Christopher Holshek, Retired Colonel and Former UN Peacekeeper; Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding
      • Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Women in War program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University


Careers in Communications


      • Sultana Ali, Communications Officer, Pew Charitable Trusts
      • Suzanne L. Ross, APR - former communications strategist with UNAIDS, WHO, UNCTAD, UNHCR, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, IFAD and FAO
      • Jeffrey Rubin, Director of Communications, Washington Institute for Near East Policy


13 April 2016

UNA-NCA Spring Advocacy Training

UNA-NCA and its Advocacy Committee are offering an advocacy training session, led by VP for Advocacy, Melissa Kaplan.

The session will cover both the “how-to’s” of advocacy as well as some current, substantive issues related to the UN.  Participants will gain an understanding of how to approach advocacy conversations and some go-to information to share with their District’s representatives.

When: April 13, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Where: Ragtime Restaurant, 1345 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA, 22201

Cost: Free



This training session is open to UNA-NCA members only. Join today! 

Attendees are also invited to join the post event FREE stand up comedy show

08 April 2016

Volunteer at Global Classrooms DC Model UN Conference

Global Classrooms DC is looking for chairs, vice-chairs, and Policy Advisors for its 12th Annual Model UN Conference at the US Department of State and the Pan American Health Organization on Friday, April 8, 2016.

Volunteers must have Model UN experience and be available all day April 8. Letters to excuse absence or confirm volunteer hours will be provided upon request. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.

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30 March 2016

Highlights from the Commission on the Status of Women

UNA-NCA, the Alliance for Peacebuilding's Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group,  and The National Capital Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women will host a panel on the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations.

The Commission on the Status of Women meets each year at the UN in March. This year the theme is focused on the new 2030 Agenda, linking sustainable development to women's empowerment. A panel of CSW participants will share their highlights from the UN sessions as well as the many NGO programs spanning a two week period.
SustainUS_photoPhoto by SustainUs 

When: March 30, 2016; 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Alliance for Peacebuilding; 1800 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036
      • Karen Mulhauser, Chair, UNA-USA; Founder, Consulting Women
      • CeCe Cole, President, National Capital Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women
      • Kimberly Weichel, Moderator, Consultant, UN Women, Advisory Council, UNA NCA, Chair Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group






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